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Miss Mariam Natugonza (Uganda)

Mariam Natugonza - 18 years old. Lightly handicapped, received eduction in tailoring

Mariam is a young woman infected by HIV and with a disability on both legs. She lost both her parents to aids and she used to encounter a lot of negative attitude and discrimination from community members because of her condition.

The support from Expanding Horizons helped Mariam to go back to school and to earn a certificate from the tailoring course. After completing the training, she received a sewing machine and got additional support from Liliane Fonds. Mariam now earns a living from this. This has empowered her in many ways, of which not the least: the community’s negative attitudes started to disappear and slowly people started to recognize Mariam despite her disability and health status.